Into the Wild: FROZEN IN TIME: Say it Out loud; To someone who loved you then and Loves you now.

Debra and Betty White

Dear friend Debra Brawner with Betty White.Debra booked talent for TNN and we loved working with her. She remains one of my dearest friends. #Blessed.

The Laughs. So many laughs. Funny stories. Going from lots of laughter and joy to well, different is not a walk in the park.

From the laughter backstage during Star Search to Florence Henderson dancing in front of Alabama because they didn’t want her to sing with them.  Even today, when I watch a television show or a movie the background tells me more than the dialogue.

Before Facebook we took photos. These photos are a bit of a timeline to my life in Nashville prior to actually representing Musicians. Television has always been my favorite medium.

Hope you love these #ThrowbackThursday photos!

Our First Earth Day.

Our First Earth Day. Rosanne Cash was Chairman of the organization.  Rosanne and her then-husband, Rodney Crowell performed.  It was a free event for the City of Nashville.  Thanks to Rosanne and Rodney it was a tremendous success.  Even today if I do not recycle something it makes me a little crazy.

 

Watching Rehearsals.

Watching Rehearsals.  Nashville Earth Day peeps.

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David Foster playing for us in Tennessee Governor’s Mansion BEFORE we were KICKED OUT when the Governor arrived. We all laughed till we cried, then laughed more when Lee, in her full-length mink coat fell going into the local theater smack dab in the lobby.!

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Talent Explosion. Dinner at Mario’s with David Foster and Linda Thompson. #luckyme #LovedMarios

Hotel Room -- we celebrated 24/7.

Hotel Room — we celebrated 24/7.

Left to Right: Me; Gunilla Hutton; Cathy Baker and LuLu Roman. #Friendship

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Game Night – Always Fun. #nofilter

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Wonderful working with Jack Hanna and Stella Parton. Booking clients on the same show is Working Smart. Animals + Cooking = Fun Show.

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LuLu singing “Blue Chili” by Songwriter extraordinaire Beverly Ross. Still convinced this would have been a ‘hit’ for LuLu.  However, it was not Gospel, it was Blues  – always my favorite. LuLu Roman, me, Madeline Bell and CeCe Debois.

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Jack with Television Producer Joe Young. They were like Tom Hanks’ character in BIG when they got together. Great friend Susan Shockley made this happen. #Longtermfriendships

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Finally – the reason I located to Arkansas: My Family; My dear Mother.  This memory from long ago lingers: the first national television credit received, my precious Mother took a photo of the television! The memory of her encouragement in my life is somedays overwhelming.  Missing her never goes away.  Would love to talk to her, love her more than I can ever say.

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My Beautiful Mother.

Do I miss friends?  Oh Yes. We do stay in touch and I’m forever grateful we can and do.  Will talk about more of my dearest as I finish this Frozen in Time post. #Thankful. #MoretoCome

Next Up: Forgive Yourself – it’s a work in progress. (AMEN)


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Rule #16 Be Willing to Address Even the Most Difficult

put it off.  put it off. put it off. Now it’s a mess. Procrastination is not our friend. What to do?

I love fountain pens.  Last night gathering fountain pens to be serviced at Vanness https://vanness1938.com discovered my Mont Blanc’s tip-of-the-top broken off, missing.  GRRRR.  I didn’t do it, so who did?  No idea.

My only great fountain pen was given me by my parents upon college graduation.  It was beautiful, 14K gold, it was stolen while traveling in my first post-college job.  Stolen by a stranger from my hotel room.  I replaced it, some years later, with this Mont Blanc. It is not sentimental in any way.

This now broken pen is my reminder of life situations. This pen, along with mine and my Mother’s fountain pen set were hidden, in their original boxes.   Thankfully, my Mother’s set was intact.  Certainly, the Mont Blanc was broken by accident, so why wasn’t I told?

Breaking this pen might have been terrifying for someone.  Probably still afraid to admit the mistake. But why?  It’s no secret that I love, love, love beautiful things, but nothing I have,  N.O.T.H.I.N.G. is more important than my family , friends,  or any relationship.  It’s perplexing.

Did the person who left my pen in this ‘state’ think “I’ll do it later” or perhaps, “she has so much she will never miss it” and believe it?  Both statements have potential, but at what cost?  Speak it, live it, talk it.  Hiding or putting off the inevitable makes any situation more difficult.

Usually I will tackle the most difficult face-to-face.

When I owned Applause, a Nashville-based audience seating business, we built audiences for Disney shows. I delegated all the work for Applause, filling a need in the entertainment community.  It also gave me time to build MPR, my boutique PR firm.

Delegating the job to young men who’d worked with me for a long time, I felt good about their efforts.  Sure we had a few snags, but that’s expected.  I always showed up for the actual event, to make certain everything ran smoothly.  My ‘team’ said they were bringing in a bus from the college they’d attended, and it was full.  We were set for the first show.  They said they would just ride the bus to the venue. PERFECT.

Waiting for the bus to arrive, in came the team without the bus or people.  It was only THEN these young men told me what they had been afraid to for the past week!  The bus FULL of people for our audience was not coming!

So here I am with the Disney producer, ready to roll-tape, Aaron Neville on stage, waiting for our audience.  Now I had to tell him the bus was not coming.    Needless to say it was a near-disaster.  We solved the problem,  created an audience with every living breathing person in the studio that day.  So it looked like Aaron Neville had the audience he deserved. How much smarter, easier on everyone involved if these two really (really) decent guys had told me what happened when it happened?  A little notice maybe?

From that time, anyone who knows me, works with me, knows not to surprise me.  I am shocked by little, and telling me will not change how I feel or react, it will give us both the opportunity to make better decisions.

And if I work for you I will tell you my mistake the very moment it’s realized.  Not a moment later, I owe that to those I work with, just as my team owed me the truth. After all — and as I say often — we were not curing cancer.  We will survive.  But let’s do it in the most humane and AUTHENTIC way possible.  Putting off something difficult only makes it more difficult even tomorrow or heaven forbid, next week.

Applause

I sold APPLAUSE! to T. Clark Miller and continued to be part of the dick clark company ‘family’ through my Nashville-based PR firm, MPR. This photo marks the  first night T. was on set. L to R Me, T., RAC Clark; Executive Producer; Nancy May  & show host Gary Chapman.

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From Eve for RAC

RAC wanted to share these words with everyone… From Jon Macks, who works on the ACM’s with RAC: “When John O’Hara heard about the passing of George Gershwin he said, ‘They tell me George Gershwin passed away today, but I don’t have to believe that if I don’t want to.’ Those words sum up how many of us feel about your Dad.”

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